The 9th Windows On Europe Film Festival will showcase 16 brilliant new films from the member states of the European Union at Dendy Opera Quays in Sydney, 17-23 November, and Dendy Canberra 20-24 November.
Presented by the European Delegation to Australia, supported by EU member states and programmed by non-profit company The Festivalists, many of these films are being shown in Australia for the very first time.
Fair Play, a film by Andrea Sedlackova, will open the festival in Sydney on 17 November. Set in the 1980s, the Czech drama charts one young woman’s efforts to train for the Olympics as a sprinter, as a way to escape from behind the Iron Curtain. The screening will mark the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the non-violent movement that saw the end of communist rule in Czechoslovakia.
Other highlights of the festival include Cannes Un Certain Regard winner White God and gay drama Land of Storms from Hungary, In The Courtyard starring French screen legend Catherine Deneuve, Spanish relationship drama 10,000 Km, Berlin Film Festival winners Violet and Stations Of The Cross, and gritty Scandinavian coming-of-age dramas from Denmark (Northwest), Sweden (Sanctuary) and Finland (Concrete Night).
The documentary program also includes Cathedrals Of Culture, a series of 3D documentary portraits of iconic buildings by filmmakers such as Wim Wenders, Robert Redford, Michael Madsen and Michael Glawogger; Hubert Canaval’s snapshot of the global energy crisis Energized and Alex Fegan’s endearing portrait of traditional publicans, The Irish Pub.
Mathieu Ravier, the festival’s French-Australian programmer had this to say about this year’s program: “This is a fabulous festival from which to sample the rich culture of modern Europe. I invite you to enjoy the vibrancy and quality of European cinema, with stories that will move you and keep thinking long after the credits have rolled.”
Festival dates & locations: November 17-23 (Dendy Opera Quays Sydney), November 24-30 (Dendy Canberra)
By Andrew Buckle